House Project {Dining Room Chairs}

Well hello there!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Ours was fantastic - spent some time at the Farmer's Market, hung out with our old friends, played in the pool and worked in the garden. Great weekends make it even harder to go back to work on Monday! 

You know what else I FINALLY completed? A house project! My first project in our new house, which we've lived in for almost a year. Wow - how sad is that? My to-do list is long, but unfortunately the home projects don't take priority. 

Last year, shortly after we moved in, I found a beautiful Lane wood table on Craigslist. We had a hodgepodge of chairs that would work for the time being, but they weren't a cool, funky mix of chairs like this or this. So for the next several months I kept my eyes peeled for a set of 6 chairs on Craigslist. I had been collecting a lot of great room inspiration on here on Pinterest, but apparently 6 chairs in good condition at a somewhat reasonable price is hard to come by. Finally, the post came - hooray! Upon seeing them in person I thought the wood stain was a pretty close match, so they came home with me.

They looked really nice by our table, but that floral fabric had to go. I could barely look at it. Once I removed it, though, I was met with a lovely surprise - the underlying fabric was pretty sweet! I wish it had been a different color, though, because it kinda blended in with the wood dining set and the wood floors. But I definitely appreciated the idea of it!

I found some pretty blue fabric at The Sewcial Lounge and decided Saturday to take the plunge and reupholster these chairs. I've never done anything like this, but it seemed pretty simple - and it was! Other than the fact I got some bloody knuckles from removing the staples, of course. And I cannot be happier with how they turned out:

It is amazing what a little fabric and elbow grease can do - it completely transformed the room! 

And since we're on the subject of the dining room, here are a few more corners. I'm still in the process of hanging things on walls, so it's still a bit sparse, but you get the idea. In case you're wondering, the "We're All Normal..." poster is by The Little Friends of Printmaking. I have no idea who designed the Wilco badge poster.

I just found that little cart at a garage sale last week, and though I love it, it's a little beat up. I think I'm going to tackle refinishing it. Have any of you had any experience re-painting metal?

I still have a long way to go on our house, but I'm glad I can finally say I've accomplished something!